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UK troops fly to Sudan as government works on evacuation plan for trapped Britons

Sky News reports that a team of British soldiers has been sent to an eastern port on a reconnaissance mission, as the UK is evaluating options for evacuating British nationals who are stranded there.

On Monday, the soldiers landed in Port Sudan on the Red Sea.

A C-17 transport plane was tracked by flight tracking websites heading towards Sudan.

The government is still deciding on the best way to assist thousands of British citizens who are under attack in Khartoum, the capital city of Sudan.


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It is a long and difficult journey to Port Sudan, which is more than 500 miles from Khartoum.

Whitehall sources claim that a British warship, HMS Lancaster, is also near or in the area and could help with any rescue.

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You can also use Royal Air Force flights to transport more people from a British base in Cyprus to an airfield used by the Sudanese military outside of the capital.

The route was used to rescue British diplomats, their families and other British citizens during the weekend.

The government’s willingness to accept risk will determine whether it decides to order new evacuations.

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The UK could ask its allies to assist its citizens.

The US and France are the two countries with a greater military presence.

James Heappey said that the military is preparing a number of options for the Prime Minister to consider as the pressure on the government to take action increases.

British forces removed all British diplomats from the city and their families during a daring raid on the weekend.

Heappey replied: “But the work isn’t finished.”

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Mr Heappey said: “Work has been ongoing in this building all weekend, and throughout the last week, to give the Prime Minister and COBRA (the emergency committee of top ministers) options on what else they could do to support the community of British citizens in Sudan.

The options being developed are accelerating.

The weekend was a constant rhythm.


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